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Like sprouts, cabbage can be something that comes with a bad reputation, but this British veg is dirt cheap and can be prepped so many different ways with many different varieties that you can never write it off! Kids don’t like raw grated red cabbage mixed with carrots/apples and mayonnaise in coleslaw? Then try thinly sliced savoy or white cabbage braised in butter and stock or fried in oil and a little salt until soft and sweet. Still not sure? Why not cut thick “cabbage steaks” slices of white cabbage or cabbage wedges rubbed with oil and roasted until going golden? Or try curly or dinosaur kale, pak choi, or one of other many types of cabbage – there’s bound to be one everyone enjoys!

Understanding Veg

We’ve been growing cabbages for longer than almost any other vegetable. You can get red and white cabbages, found in coleslaw, Napa cabbage, usually found in Chinese cooking, pak choi, and savoy cabbages.



Cabbage is a fantastic source of vitamins K, C and folic acid to support blood clotting, bone health and your immune system.


Shopping Guide

Choose a fresh cabbage that is weighty for its size because it is a tough and dense vegetable. Try to pick a head that is small and has sturdy, compact leaves. While red cabbage should have richly hued purple leaves, green cabbage should have glossy, brilliant green leaves.



Cabbage keeps for a while – just store it dry in the fridge for 1-2 months. Once cut, it will still last a few days, just wrap tightly or store in an airtight container.


Serving Suggestions

Cabbage can be steamed, boiled, microwaved, stuffed, roasted, braised or stir-fried, and eaten pickled or fermented (sauerkraut) or raw in the form of salads or slaws (just mix with some mayonnaise or yoghurt, lemon juice and grated carrots and/or apples).

At Its Best:

January - December



Here are some of our favourite ways to engage kids with cabbage:


Your Food

Find your go-to meals in our family favourites section and see what veggies work best with them.

We’ve gathered together 15 of the nation’s favourite meals and given you step-by-step ways to make small improvements, helping you to make healthier dinners the easy way, and even showing you which veg work best with which recipes.
Find out how to add more veg to your suppers here.

If You Like Cabbage…Try

Does your child enjoy cabbage? That’s great! Cabbage varieties can be very different from each other, but many are bitter and soft, so why not try a similar texture and/or taste…



The moments before food is offered can be a perfect opportunity for engagement that can help make it more likely a child will eat it!

The first thing to do is remove the pressure. If the veg doesn’t get eaten, it’s not the end of the world. There will be other days, other dinners, other chances. Fun is key here – try not to worry about mess, perfect table manners, or playing with food. Instead, focus on making the process of getting the food to the plates, readying the table, and the actual eating relaxed.

The best principles for success here are the Three Rs (role modelling, rewarding, re-offering) which you can read about here.

But there is one more way you can serve for success, and that is giving your child a role. You don’t have to do this every time, just encourage them in their strengths through it when you can.

Here are some of our favourite ideas:

Design a menu

Come up with a silly name or story for a dish

Help with making a meal plan and choosing veg for dinners or snacks

Help to serve up the meal on dishes, lay the table or create a centrepiece to be involved in the physical ‘serving up’ process

The Wonderful World of Veg

Check out our vegepedia. When to buy in-season. How to store them to keep for longer. How to engage children with each veg, and simple ideas of how to prepare and cook them for maximum taste and minimum waste. Select a veg…

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